Monday, November 15, 2010

Winter Commencement / Graduation Ceremony Update

Winter Ceremony Deadlines

Please remember that term "graduation" and the graduation application processes are different from the commencement ceremony. Avoid using the term "graduation" in speaking about the commencement ceremony, which will confuse the graduates (ex: graduates will apply for graduation, thinking this process is securing their attendance for the commencement ceremony). Instead, the appropriate term is the "WGU Winter Commencement Ceremony" -- a formal ceremony program that celebrates the academic achievement of graduates, which includes a processional, speakers, conferral of degrees and processional.

Monday, December 13, 2010 - Student Speaker Application Deadline
WGU is accepting student speaker applications for the 2011 WGU Winter Commencement Ceremony. WGU graduates who wish to be considered for a student commencement speaker role need to fill out an application, prepare a draft speech/outline, and obtain a letter of recommendation from a WGU mentor. The application is available for download at Please note graduates, who are selected for student speaker roles, will receive travel and hotel accommodations (airfare and 2 hotel nights).

Friday, January 7, 2011 - Winter Commencement Program Deadline
Students who have completed all their program requirements must apply for graduation by January 7, 2011 to be included in the winter commencement program. Due to printing timetables, students who do not apply or receive a graduation confirmation by January 7, 2011 will not be included in the winter commencement program, but in the next program.

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